Journal Information

Article Processing Fees

Fee schedule:
Journal Article Submission Fee Article Processing Fee** Notes
Journal of Medical Internet Research - 1 $2500 2 There is no submission fee. An APF of $2500 is payable upon acceptance.
JMIR Research Protocols - $1900 or $950

Since Nov 2014, JMIR Research Protocols no longer charges a submission fee - papers can currently be submitted free of charge. In case of acceptance, an Article Processing Fee (APF) will be charged to cover peer-review, copyediting and typesetting costs:

  • $950: For protocols and grant proposals, if existing grant agency peer-review reports are provided (as Multimedia Appendix or supplementary file for reviewers/editors) which are of sufficient quality so that the manuscript does not have to be reviewed in detail externally (in submission step 1, choose a submission section which says "already funded")
  • $1900: For regular articles, non-peer-reviewed/approved protocols/proposals, early reports, formative research, methods etc
JMIR mHealth and uHealth $90 $2500 3 JMIR mHealth and uHealth does not charge any submission fee, but there is an Article Processing Fee (APF) in case of acceptance (see Fee Schedule), to cover the costs for professional copyediting, typesetting, and deposit in various databases (PubMed Central, PubMed etc.). Note that we increased the price for submissions after Feb 5th, 2017 to account for the fact that JMIR mHealth was ranked with a very solid impact factor in 2017. Submissions before that date (including those that were submitted to other JMIR journals but subsequently transferred) are not affected by this price increase.
Interactive Journal of Medical Research - $1750 4 i-JMR no longer charges a submission fee (after Dec 6, 2015). In case of acceptance, an Article Processing Fee will be charged to cover copyediting and typesetting costs (see fee schedule).
JMIR Medical Informatics - $1900 5 There is no submission fee. For submissions after Dec 8th 2018, the Article Processing Charge is $1900.
JMIR Public Health and Surveillance - $1750 6 -
JMIR Mental Health - $1900 7 There is no submission fee. An APF of $1900 is payable upon acceptance. For submissions before June 15, 2019, the article processing fee is $1500.
JMIR Human Factors - $1750 8 There is no submission fee. In case of acceptance, an Article Processing Fee will be charged to cover copyediting and typesetting costs (see fee schedule).
JMIR Serious Games - $1900 9 There is no submission fee. There is an optional fast-track fee of US$450 if the author requires a decision within 3 weeks. There is an Article Processing Fee payable only in case of acceptance, to cover copyediting and publishing costs.
Medicine 2.0 - $450 We currently charge no submission fee, but submission is only open to authors and works presented at the Medicine 2.0 congress (http://www.medicine20congress.org). There is no Article Processing Fee for papers submitted, starting 2013. If authors opt to have their manuscript copyedited by a professional copyeditor (this is the default and highly recommended!), a charge of $450 will be billed (up to 20 manuscript pages).
JMIR Medical Education - $1750 10 In case of acceptance, an Article Processing Fee will be charged to cover copyediting and typesetting costs (see fee schedule).
JMIR Cancer - $1750 11 In case of acceptance, an Article Processing Fee will be charged to cover copyediting and typesetting costs (see fee schedule).
Iproceedings - Free* There is currently no Submission fee or other costs involved for the abstract/extended abstract submission.
JMIR Rehabilitation and Assistive Technologies - $1750 12 In case of acceptance, an Article Processing Fee will be charged to cover copyediting and typesetting costs (see fee schedule).
JMIR Diabetes - $1750 13 In case of acceptance, an Article Processing Fee will be charged to cover copyediting and typesetting costs (see fee schedule).
JMIR Preprints - Free There is currently no Submission or Article Processing fee for this journal. After peer-review, the author can decide whether he wants to publish the paper in a partner journal (provided that the editor offers publication), which may or may not have its own Article Processing Fees, or can "publish" it on JMIR Preprints, which involves assignment of a DOI.
JMIR Challenges - Free* There is currently no Submission or Article Processing fee for this journal.
JMIR Bioinformatics and Biotechnology - Free* There is currently no Submission or Article Processing fee for this journal.
JMIR Biomedical Engineering - Free* There is currently no Submission or Article Processing fee for this journal.
JMIR Cardio - $1500 14 There is currently no Submission fee. There is an optional fast-track fee of US$450 if the author requires a decision within 3 weeks. As an introductory offer, there is no APF for articles submitted before 30 September 2017. The APF is $1500 for papers submitted after that date. *** Special promotion - submit between 1 March and 31 March 2018 for a complete APF/APC waiver! ***
JMIR Formative Research - $1900 15 There is currently no Submission fee. There is an optional fast-track fee of US$450 if the author requires a decision within 3 weeks. There is an Article Processing Fee payable in case of acceptance.
Journal of Participatory Medicine - $1500 Grant-funded research as well as research from institutions which have an institutional open access fund or other means of funding are subject to an Article Processing fee of $1500.
JMIR Dermatology - Free There is currently no Submission fee. There is an optional fast-track fee of US$450 if the author requires a decision within 3 weeks.
JMIR Pediatrics and Parenting - $1500 16 There is currently no Submission fee but in case of acceptance there is an Article Processing Fee of US$1500 (submissions after October 2, 2018). There is an optional fast-track fee of US$450 if the author requires a decision within 3 weeks.
JMIR Aging - $1500 17 There is currently no Submission fee but in case of acceptance there is an Article Processing Fee of US$1500 (submissions after October 2, 2018). There is an optional fast-track fee of US$450 if the author requires a decision within 3 weeks.
JMIR Perioperative Medicine - Free There is currently no Submission or Article Processing fee for this journal.
JMIR Nursing - Free* -

1 For submissions in before Jul 01, 2019, the price of the Article Submission Fee is US$ 90

2 For submissions in before Jul 29, 2015, the price of the Article Processing Fee (APF) is US$ 1900

3 For submissions in JMU before Jun 01, 2015, the price of the Article Processing Fee (APF) is US$ 1500

For submissions in JMU between Jun 01, 2015 and Feb 06, 2017, the price of the Article Processing Fee (APF) is US$ 1900

4 For submissions in before Feb 19, 2019, the price of the Article Processing Fee (APF) is US$ 1500

5 For submissions in JMI now with IF before Dec 08, 2018, the price of the Article Processing Fee (APF) is US$ 1500

6 For submissions in JPHS before Jun 01, 2015, there is no Article Processing Fee (APF)

For submissions in JPHS between Jun 01, 2015 and Feb 07, 2017, the price of the Article Processing Fee (APF) is US$ 1500

7 For submissions in JMH before Mar 01, 2015, there is no Article Processing Fee (APF)

For submissions in JMH between Mar 01, 2015 and Feb 06, 2017, the price of the Article Processing Fee (APF) is US$ 1500

For submissions in JMH between Feb 06, 2017 and Jun 15, 2019, the price of the Article Processing Fee (APF) is US$ 1750

8 For submissions in JHF before Jun 01, 2015, there is no Article Processing Fee (APF)

For submissions in JHF between Jun 01, 2015 and Feb 19, 2019, the price of the Article Processing Fee (APF) is US$ 1500

9 For submissions in before Jan 21, 2018, the price of the Article Processing Fee (APF) is US$ 1500

10 For submissions in before Sep 24, 2015, there is no Article Processing Fee (APF)

For submissions in between Sep 24, 2015 and Feb 19, 2019, the price of the Article Processing Fee (APF) is US$ 1500

11 For submissions in JC before Oct 15, 2015, there is no Article Processing Fee (APF)

For submissions in JC between Oct 15, 2015 and Feb 19, 2019, the price of the Article Processing Fee (APF) is US$ 1500

12 For submissions in before Oct 23, 2015, there is no Article Processing Fee (APF)

For submissions in between Oct 23, 2015 and Feb 19, 2019, the price of the Article Processing Fee (APF) is US$ 1500

13 For submissions in JD before May 15, 2017, there is no Article Processing Fee (APF)

For submissions in JD between May 15, 2017 and Feb 19, 2019, the price of the Article Processing Fee (APF) is US$ 1500

14 For submissions in https://app.asana.com/0/11561545127058/376930948102182 before Sep 30, 2017, there is no Article Processing Fee (APF)

15 For submissions in JFR now in Pubmed before Feb 04, 2019, the price of the Article Processing Fee (APF) is US$ 1500

16 For submissions in JPP before Oct 03, 2018, there is no Article Processing Fee (APF)

17 For submissions in JA before Oct 03, 2018, there is no Article Processing Fee (APF)

*Introductory offer

**Article Processing Fees (APFs) are only charged in case of acceptance, at the time of acceptance. In case of price increases, the submission date determines the price of the APF

For details please see our FAQ on Fees and Payment.

The following policies are valid for all journals published by JMIR Publications.

Why Fees?

We aim to publish widely indexed, carefully copyedited, high-quality manuscripts, that are also deposited in repositories such as PubMed Central, publication of an accepted paper requires expensive production steps such as copyediting, reference checking and XML tagging. In the editing & production stage, JMIR employs professional full-time staff and freelancers, including copyeditors (most journals such as PLOS do not include copyediting). To defray these costs (and because we cannot sell subscriptions like toll-access journals) we require authors to pay certain fees. Authors publishing in JMIR are paying a nominal submission fee ($90), an article processing fee (APF) only in case of acceptance, and (optionally) a fast-track fee for expedited review. These fees are usually funded from research grants, and new researchers in the area are urged to budget for open access publications in their grant proposals, much as they budget for conference presentations (please budget about $2000 per article). When comparing the costs for publishing in JMIR against the cost of publishing in other OA journals, please consider that 1) JMIR is consistently ranked #1 in its field by impact factor, 2) JMIR employs professional copyediting after acceptance, which is a service many OA journals with lower costs do not provide. Given these considerations, JMIR is currently one of the most cost-effective OA journals on the market. For a detailed fee overview see Instructions for Authors.

Non-Credit Card Payment Handling Fees

There is a 7% handling fee for non-credit card payments (by cheque or wire). Links to the bank account and cheque payment information are on the contact page .

Article Processing Fee Refund Policy

An invoice for the Article Processing Fee (APF) will be made out after acceptance (authors can also generate their invoices on their user homepage). The full fee will also be charged (and is non-refundable) if the article has been accepted but later cannot be published due to factors which are the responsibility of the author(s), for example, (a) the paper is, for any reason, withdrawn by the author after acceptance; (b) a copyright violation, case of plagiarism, undisclosed duplicate publication, or other form of scientific misconduct (eg, fabricating data) is discovered after acceptance, thereby preventing us from publishing the paper or requiring a retraction; (c) the paper cannot be published because the authors fail to provide the signed publication forms. In all these cases, the full fee will be charged, regardless of the stage the manuscript is at, as long as the manuscript has already been accepted by the editor before withdrawal. The APF is also not refundable for articles which are retracted after publication, either by the author(s) or the editor due to scientific misconduct.

We also reserve the right to charge the full or partial fee if a copyright violation, case of plagiarism, undisclosed duplicate publication, multiple journal submission, or other form of scientific misconduct was discovered during peer review or after acceptance.

All co-authors share the responsibility for payment of the APF. We reserve the right to not consider further submissions from any author or co-author or users from institutions/departments which have unpaid invoices.

The APF is fully refundable if the paper cannot be published due to factors which are the responsibility of the editor, journal or publisher.

Fees for Discretionary Corrigenda and Addenda

Authors are invited to submit short addenda to exisiting manuscripts (including additional appendices, updates, additional material), or publish "discretionary" corrigenda such as missing acknowledgements, missing affiliations etc. There is a fee of $190 for the publication of such corrigenda/addenda (which also involves fixing the original paper and resubmitting information to various databases), if the error/omission was already in the proofs approved by authors.

JMIR Article Processing Fee Waiver Policy

Only the Article Processing Fee (APF) can be waived, and only in exceptional circumstances. Please contact the editor BEFORE submission to get an informal opinion on whether or not a particular paper/topic may get sufficient priority for an APF waiver. You will also need to fill in an application form, signed by ALL coauthors, and ALL of their department heads, confirming that no other funds are available. The application form with all signatures of all co-authors and their department chairs should preferably be made on submission (upload a scanned form as supplementary file).

In exceptional cases we grant fee waivers, but we have to set the bar high for these exceptions, as any APF waiver means that we have to subsidize the publication, even though we are not a granting agency. Usually the onus is on the author to find funding sources from any entity that benefits from publication of the article. For example, due to the high impact-factor ranking of JMIR, usually your department benefits directly or indirectly from publication of the article so, in the absence of extramural funding, we would expect the department to carry the costs.

APFs for Open Access journals have become an increasingly accepted method to defray the costs for publication. Fortunately most institutions have developed mechanisms and funding sources to cover publication costs in high-quality open access journals. Most researchers pay APFs from their grants (if you have money to travel to conferences, you also have money to pay for an APF – both are knowledge dissemination activities!). If this is not the case, institutions and departments may have funds or bursaries for such purposes. Some institutions or departments may have purchased an institutional JMIR membership – the APF is automatically waived if the corresponding author is from an institutional member.

JMIR Publications is waiving APFs for non-members only under exceptional circumstances if all of the following conditions are met: 1) none of the authors (including coauthors) have funding sources enabling them to carry the APF 2) or: in case of having a funding source (e.g. a project/research sponsor listed in the “Acknowledgements”), the funding source(s) declined to pay for open access publishing charges, 3) the departments/institutions of all authors have no funds, bursaries, or other means to pay for open access charges. In order to consider an application for a fee waiver, we require in writing from each coauthor a written declaration that they have explored all avenues of potential funding. We need these declarations from each co-author, each counter-signed by the head of the department or university mentioned in the authors’ affiliation lines. If an author lists multiple affiliations, we need to have the head/chair/director from each affiliation sign the form ( APF Waiver Form). If a funding source (e.g. granting agency, foundation etc.) is named as a project sponsor in the acknowledgement section of an article, we require a written statement signed by a representative of that sponsor explicitly declining payment of the APF and explaining why (we are not aware of any major funders not covering APFs so we need assurance that the funder has been approached by the authors). We reserve the right to publish a blacklist and our experiences with certain institutions or funders who have no open access-friendly policies with the ultimate goal to put public pressure on these organizations.

Requests for APF waivers are usually not granted if any coauthor is from a institution that is a signatory of the “Compact for Open Access Equity” ( OACOMPACT), as in these cases there is documented and guaranteed institutional financial help available to cover publication fees. In this case it is the responsibility of the author to contact the respective university body (OACOMPACT contacts) to request financial support for the APF. This includes, for example, authors from the following institutions (check OACOMPACT for an updated list and details - do NOT contact us to inquire about details):

• Cornell University • Dartmouth College • Harvard University • Massachusetts Institute of Technology • University of California at Berkeley • University of Ottawa • Columbia University • Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center

If any author has any of these organizations listed in their affiliation lines, and payment of the APF has been turned down by the OACOMPACT contact, we will require a letter from the OACOMPACT contacts addressed to the author detailing why an author-application for financial help has been rejected.

APF waivers are usually not granted if one author is affiliated with a commercial for-profit organization, or a commercial organization being acknowledged as sponsor of the project. We will make a case-by-case decision if the CEO or another management-level officer of the company provides us with a compelling reason why payment of APF is not possible.

If an article has been approved for a fee waiver, the following statement will be added to the “acknowledgements” of the publication: “Publication of this article was co-sponsored by the Journal of Medical Internet Research. All authors declared that they failed to identify any funding source for the project described in the paper to enable coverage of the publication costs. All department/division heads/chairs of the author institutions have declared that no institutional funding mechanisms for knowledge dissemination activities and/or coverage of open access publishing costs at their department or university level exist.” Note that we will treat any cases of forged signatures or false declarations as scientific misconduct.